Ollie Jackson will join Dan Welch at the latter’s family squad for the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, Welch confirming the team are building a second NGTC Proton for their new campaign.
The Welch Motorsport squad will field two Proton Gen-2 machines in the new season, with former Speedworks and AmDTuning driver Jackson joining Welch in a second NGTC car for the first time in the team’s history, despite running an S2000 Ford Focus for David Nye last season.
Entering his third full season in BTCC, Welch told thecheckeredflag: “We’ve both come from the same sort of backgrounds and followed the same path, so I’m really looking forward to working with Ollie. He can bring a lot more to the team and hopefully we can supply him with a competitive car. It will be a good partnership.
“Last we brought in David Nye which was great, but there was always a plan to bring in two NGTC cars to the BTCC. It’s a hard job to do but we’ve got there.”
Jackson – who’s best result in 2013 was a top-10 in the season opener at Brands Hatch – was equally delighted to partner with Welch for 2014, adding: “It’s brilliant. Like Dan said the guys are really experienced with the car and the development is coming up strongly as well, so it’s given me as good a chance as any really for this year.”
“I’m less likely to punt him off now!” joked Welch’s new team-mate.
“I had fun with Speedworks and had a great time there, but the fact is that it was pretty disappointing in terms of results and reliability for me. I struggled last year with the Toyota because it was quite heavy, whereas the Proton will have me on the weight limit.
“Every year I say top 10 finishes, but I’d expect to be doing better this season. The series is getting more and more competitive every year, so I think if all works out with the car then it should be my best season yet.”